Last Tuesday, the Democratic Party of Evanston sponsored a gun violence awareness event at Evanston Township High School (ETHS) that brought together ETHS students, students from Parkland, Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School/March for Our Lives, and members of The Faith Community of Saint Sabina's B.R.A.V.E. youth initiative to showcase how our youth are leading the charge to end the gun violence epidemic in America and to inspire and encourage those who can vote to vote for candidates who support stronger gun legislation and initiatives to invest in underserved communities.
ETHS student activists Liana Wallace and Nia Williams performed powerful spoken word pieces at the event. If you haven't had the chance to hear these pieces, you can read them now.
First, here's Liana's, which she wrote and performed first at the ETHS student walkout on March 14, 2018 following the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas. Stay tuned for Nia's, which I'll post soon.
To read DE coverage of Tuesday's outstanding event: https://bit.ly/2zWiDhC
See Something, Say Something
by Liana Wallace
You said it was mental
a mental illness
wrong like a mother who can’t grieve
because the little boy down the street
can buy a gun more easily than a pack of cigarettes
Because this is America,
And I’ve learned a thing or two about mental illness
How it was harvested
How the bloody skulls belonging to men of color would be battered against the walls of
And yet a diagnosis of mental illness is too kind
Oh but we are blind to the rifle that kills school children
To the riffle and to the white man holding it
America says mental illness
And mental illness is so real
But its use is purely a secret protecting rich to a golden seal
The NRA to its profits
And human life to a deal
Because guns kill people
because guns have been killing my people
and their bodies have been piling up on the bottom of the Mississippi river
and now babies bodies blood spills over textbooks
how many more babies?
how many shrieks, and pops and cracks will it take?
For you to find a piece of your soul.
Guns have been killing people
And there names have been forgotten
Black lives have never mattered
But now it is clear that kindergarteners, that high schoolers
Their lives are less valuable than the profit that fills your pockets
In this act you have committed the worst mistake
Uniting white and people of color in a blinding frustration
After feeding us to crime
Immigrants bodies shoved into detention centers
Then into communities where light is gone
And survival is empty bellies
Which you have fed and filled
With the guns you sold us
guns kill people
and you don’t seem to care which communities they kill anymore
It’s come to my attention you intend to save us with more guns
Instead of life you force death to fight death
Placing guns in the hands of our professors
In effort to protect us
But all that we need protecting from is you
you who do not know the basic laws of light
that darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that
You said thoughts and prayers
Was it thoughts and prayers
that you hoped to save us with?
you told us to see something say something
you said see something say something
dear founding fathers
our founding fathers
did you see this?
When you left scratched into constitution
a well regulated militia
could you see that barrels of bullets would fly through windows where education was intended
could you not see the way a president's clothes would become drenched in blood?
his pockets full with each dollar bill that the NRA provided
could you not see it?
Have you forgotten the lives
Do you not hear their names when you sleep?
Can you not hear the bullets that blaze through to take breath
And those under the age of 10
Do you not hear their laughter being pulled out into blackness
Their voices crying this land was made for you in me
Can you not hear them
Could you not see this?
You said, said see something say something
they say see something say something
the school children we see something
the college students they see something
Emma Gonzales she sees something
tomorrow he sees something
and we are saying something
we are saying something
will you say something?
We will organize
we will shut down schools
we will protest
History will tell the story
And your true colors will bleed through it’s books
And off of the lips of those who refuse to forget
We hear stolen lives laughter and we hold it
We will not exist in silence
we will not live in a world,
in a society
where human life is worthless
We see something
On our founding fathers and on the pockets that keep the rich full
We will continue to say something